Opportunities for Underrepresented Writers

Creative Future Literary Awards are open for entries of poetry and flash fiction from writers (UK only) who find it hard to access the literary world, due to ill health (including mental health issues), disability or social circumstance. Poems are invited of up to 200 words (flash fiction up to 300) on the theme of ‘important nothings’. Winning pieces will be published in an anthology. Prizes include cash plus writer development opportunities such as mentoring, courses and professional consultations. Writers may submit a maximum of one piece per category (one poem and/or one piece of flash fiction). Read the eligibility criteria carefully before submitting.

SUBMISSIONS CALL: Majestic Weirdo Circus

Deadline 31st October for this anthology, which calls for work that is ‘alternative with an attitude’. Published by Burning Eye Books, who focus mainly on performance poetry and want to prove it works just as well on the page. More details here: http://burningeyebooks.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/submissions-call-majestic-weirdo-circus/

The Great Gatsby-inspired poetry

Silver Birch Press is seeking ‘poetry, prose, art, collage, photography and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel’. Send up to three poems on the theme by 1st September 2014. More information: http://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/the-great-gatsby-anthology-silver-birch-press-2015/

Anthology Call-out for Poems by Women on Body Image

Thanks again to Alex Toms – and my sister, Helen Sandler – for this information. Would be fantastic to get into this one! Info copied and pasted below

RAVING BEAUTIES: Sue Jones-Davies, Dee Orr, Anna Carteret and Fan Viner are inviting submissions for their fourth collection of women’s poetry which will be published by BLOODAXE BOOKS in 2015.
However you feel about your body and whatever kind of writer you are – a published poet or impelled to write your first poem reading this – we want to hear from you. We can offer you the possibility of sharing your words with thousands of other women, and will consider previously published work as well as new poetry.

PLEASE SEND UP TO THREE POEMS BY MAY 1st 2014 to ravingbeauties@yahoo.co.uk

As feminists we want to support the incredible courage, insight and a dedication to the truth that challenges even the bravest of us when we ‘stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate?’ (Oprah Winfrey)

Our relationship to our bodies is affected by many things including culture, religion, family, sex, hunger, pleasure and pain. This new collection is inspired by a passionate desire to celebrate our bodies in a fully realised way, leaving Barbie’s grotesque silent pliability in her box for good. Instead of pouting, our mouths have the power of language, our romantic fluttering hearts give and receive compassion,  skin ages with grace when we see beauty in everything,  a pierced belly button connects us to our ancestors and a belly needs to be strong before it’s flat.

http://www.ravingbeauties.co.uk/

Christmas/Advent anthology seeks poetry and prose

Copied and pasted from the firstwriter.com newsletter:

A Star in the Heart is an anthology of poems and prose celebrating Christmas and Advent, to be published in December 2014 as part of continuing fundraising for the Community Centre Development in Henley on Thames. 

Poems should be no more than 50 lines, and prose no more than 600 words. Submissions should be previously unpublished.

Submit your contribution before the end of June to The Editor, David Grubb, A STAR IN THE HEART, 25 Belle Vue Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JQ, United Kingdom, enclosing SAE for reply. Alternatively, send submissions by email to dgrubb@different-drums.co.uk

  

Call-out for Anthology Submissions from Women Poets

Thanks to fellow poet Alex Toms for putting me on to this one.

Breaking my no-fee rule here, but the charge is tiny (£1 for one poem/£2 for up to three poems). All profits go to ‘Rape Crisis’ charity. Deadline: 30th March. Theme: ‘Furies’.

Copied and pasted from their site (http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/):

Furies will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. So, for a chance to be featured, wet your nibs with spite and find your muse among the infernal goddesses of justice and revenge.

We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home.

Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

Poets should submit a maximum of three poems, each no longer than 40 lines. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 30th March 2014. The very best will be featured in our Furies poetry anthology.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

To submit a poem, writers are requested to make a donation of £1 per poem or £2 for three poems. If for any reason your financial circumstances make this difficult, please send us an email.